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Windows 7 Public Beta Released

January 11th, 2009 No comments

The Windows 7 public beta has officially gone live yesterday. Originally 2.5 million keys would be handed out, but this limit was immediately reached due to popular demand and unlimited keys were handed out on the first day of release. If you weren’t lucky enough to get one, you can still download the 32-bit or 64-bit version for free to use as a 30 day trial.

Windows 7 brings many new exciting new features that are definately worth upgrading to if you have the time. I’m using it as my main OS right now and have had no problems since, with an install time of around 30 minutes and no need to search around for driver discs either. If it wasn’t pre-installed, Windows Update had it.

I’m probably not the best source for a complete list of new features, but Google and even the Microsoft site should have a complete list of new goodies that should definately interest people.

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Windows 7 32-Bit 64-Bit

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Happy New Year + NVidia’s Ambient Occlusion

January 5th, 2009 No comments

Happy new year guys, quite exciting to have yet another year pass and once again, personally having the frustration of still thinking it’s 2008 :(.

Anyway, in some other news I just found out about some new NVidia drivers. They’re not yet listed on NVidia’s official site as they’re leaked versions (then again, perfectly legal). The new 185.20 drivers. Another driver release, the typical improvements? Nah, a bit more than that:

Half Life 2 Comparison

Open these in two seperate tabs to see real differences:
Call of Duty 4 - ON
Call of Duty 4 – ON

Call of Duty 4 - OFF
Call of Duty 4 – OFF

Some people have reported quite a few major FPS boosts in certain games but I haven’t really gotten any real proof of it so you’ll just have to try it out.

However, another cool feature about the new drivers is Ambient Occlusion. This has been seen before in games such as Crysis, but now NVidia has brought it onto a global scale so you can now have it in most games.

What does it do? Why don’t you have a look:

Yet ANOTHER new feature is SLI Anti-Aliasing. People with more than one card active in their computer will now have discovered the new pure SLI Anti-Aliasing mode which turns one of your two or more graphics card into pure Anti-Aliasing power, now allowing users to reach 32xQaa or with quad sli, 64xQaa!

This has also been reported to be the first official Windows 7 drivers, though unfortunately Ambient Occlusion currently only works for Vista users, so even I can’t yet enjoy these new features.

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Vista/Windows 7 (32 bit)
Vista (64 bit)
XP (32 bit)
XP (64 bit)